Interview with Elexa Dawson, the Flint Hills, Kansas

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Elexa Dawson
Elexa Dawson (The Flint Hills, Kansas)

First Nation singer-songwriter Elexa Dawson lives in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. As a musical storyteller, Elexa Dawson presents her original music with a voice that is reminiscent of the prairie hills she calls home. She is a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, she plays guitar and mandolin, and she works as a studio vocalist. Her album Music is Medicine (Lost Cowgirl Records, 2019) debuted Elexa’s solo career with community-centered songs meant to inspire, instigate and heal. Her song “High Place” charted #6 on Indigenous Music Countdown. She was the 2019 First People’s Fund Fellow and the 2020 Western Arts Alliance AIP Fellow. Elexa performs solo as well as with a bluesy folk trio at private and public events, gatherings, festivals, and campfires.

Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 10/02/2020.
Holly Hobbs
Music; United States; Covid-19 Pandemic
The Flint Hills, Kansas
Musicians in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Society for Ethnomusicology

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